Join us for the mini summer series at the Gateway Totems at Early Street Community Garden on Wednesday, August 15th! We invite you to celebrate the cultural richness of Morristown.
The mini summer series allows artists of all backgrounds and artistic abilities to exhibit their work at the Gateway Totems. August 15th will showcase visual artist Linda Howe with music by PJ Brutzman.
Linda Howe is an illustrator, poet, storyteller, museum educator, painter and performance storyteller. PJ Brutzman is a talented musician who began to play guitar at the age of 6. At age 19, he decided to study at Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in guitar performance. Over the years he has performed, taught and composed music. He seeks to offer a perspective that maintains soulfulness, compassion, and coherence and he practices guitar daily in hopes to inspire others.
The Gateway Totem Project is a public sculpture celebrating Morristown’s immigrant community – past, present and future. One of the first of Morristown’s Percent for Art Projects and sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and private donors, the sculpture was installed in November of 2016.
Located in the Speedwell neighborhood, The Gateway Totem Project connects the entryway to Grow it Green Morristown’s Early Street Community Garden to Morristown High School, as well as existing low income senior housing, new high-end condominiums and local ethnic businesses.
Gabrielle Hiltl-Cohen, a master stone carver, was commissioned to create the piece. Two ten-foot-tall, Indiana limestone pillars feature 16 panels of symbols evoking the multiple immigrant communities who have called the Speedwell Avenue area home over generations: Italian, Irish, Jewish, African American, South and Central American and more. This “Gateway” sculpture establishes a permanent gathering place for residents from across our diverse community.
Morris Arts is currently organizing programming that will take place at the site of the sculpture that will include music, poetry readings and other creative events that will enliven the space and increase foot traffic to the area.
If you are interested in being featured as an artist, contact Carlos Sotelo at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Gateway Totems please visit here.